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By Paul Watley | @WatP7
ARLINGTON, Texas - A thundering crowd of 1,251 for UT Arlington's Dig Pink Match helped propel the Mavericks to a three-set sweep of Texas State and set a new College Park Center volleyball record for attendance.
"Just looking around that gym with all the pink in there and all the students that were there was exhilarating for me so I know it meant a lot to our team," UT Arlington Coach Diane Seymour said of the record setting crowd.
The win marked the seventh straight home victory for UTA and avenged a five-set loss earlier in the season in San Marcos.
After claiming the first set 27-25, the Mavericks failed to relent in the second frame as they led wire to wire in a 25-21 outcome. UTA carried over the momentum from the first two sets into the third as it stormed out to a 10-3 lead. The Bobcats would get as close as six points at 14-8, but that failed to be enough as the Mavericks went on to claim the set 25-15 and the match 3-0.
Briana Sharratt served as a catalyst for the Mavericks offense as the sophomore middle blocker recorded 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .833. Sharratt also made her mark defensively, recording five blocks en route to helping UTA out block Texas State 9-2.
UT Arlington's 2014 season was one to remember as the squad recorded the program's best winning percentage since 2004 and the most wins since 2006. The Mavs fashioned a record of 25-9 (.735), with a 14-6 mark in Sun Belt Conference play.
In addition to the strong team play, UTA also had its first All-American since 1989 when Sharratt was named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association honorable mention All-American Team.